According to ancient lore, Cleopatra was a “woman of surpassing beauty”. Egypt’s most famous queen somehow managed to rule her country, make her way into every history book, and keep up her looks in the blazing dessert. I can’t even seem to do that with modern-day lotion and makeup, and I don’t have to worry about the first two jobs. Apparently her biggest beauty secret was goat milk—not just as a drink, but used as soap and lotion.
Milk contains protein, fats, vitamins, and lactic acid. These components are found in all types of milk; and soy, coconut, rice, cow, camel, and goat milk are all comparable in the way they naturally strengthen skin and hair cells.
This environmental remedy works the same way that expensive, lab-created conditioners and lotions do. The fat and protein molecules lock in moisture in skin and hair cells. Lactic acid exfoliates dead cells, while vitamin A absorbs into the skin, both contributing to its healthy glow.
Some people say that the use of milk-based beauty products has made their hair stronger and shinier, and after years of looking for a treatment, their dandruff is finally gone. Others report that it has reduced their acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions. Moms all over the world rave about its healing abilities, especially for their children’s sensitive skin.
Try it out
Do you have a few spare hours this weekend? Invite the girlfriends over, put in your favorite chick flick, and treat yourself like Cleopatra for the evening.
Make a facial by blending ½ a cucumber (peeled and seeded), ½ cup of goat milk yogurt, and 1-2 teaspoons powdered milk. You can also substitute milk with sour cream or kefir cheese (which have concentrated levels of lactic acid).
Many salons use homemade milk-based conditioners to help restore damaged, dry hair. Skip the expense and make your own with a simple mixture of ¼ cup powdered goat milk and a few teaspoons of water (enough to make a cream). Massage the conditioner onto your scalp and throughout your hair. Wrap your hair in a hot, moist towel and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse out with shampoo and enjoy beautiful, stronger hair.
If the homemade spa night isn’t up your alley, you can always buy milk-based hair and skin products at specialty stores and online. Etsy offers all sorts of milk soaps, makeup, facials, and lotions—a perfect, all-natural, Earth Day-friendly treat to give yourself or your friends.